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Old 03-29-2011, 01:42 PM
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So what can you do to make the most money, with the least effort, on a mini-farm as a side job? Was thinking of researching watermelons, since my uncle has three farms like this and does quite well by letting the Mexicans pick them. Any other ideas?
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Read "You Can Farm" by Joel Salatin. Get well established at your local farmers market. Diversify as much as possible. Mix small livestock and crops. Get a greenhouse. Compost. There are lots of options for that size of acreage.
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Squash is a good pick...easy to grow and relatively problem free.
Grow both winter and summer varieties for a long selling season.
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You could rent parcels of it to people that want a garden but don't have room to do it. If your close enough to a larger city its a pretty good option.
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You could rent parcels of it to people that want a garden but don't have room to do it. If your close enough to a larger city its a pretty good option.
What do people pay for such a thing and how much land do they expect?
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C Doggy, Mini Farming, self sufficiency on 1/4 acre spells it all out. the book is by Brett L Markham and it talks about intensive gardening, selling extra produce, raising small livestock, seedlings for sale, selling at farmers markets and much more.. gives good ideas for starting small business on a little piece of land and helps you figure out how to go about it.
Check with your state Ag dept, maybe even the website.. you can sometimes find grants and other aid given by private and gov't entities to farmers of rare breeds of crop or livestock, also the state should be able to tell you if certain new crops are in demand.
talk to local restaurants and groceries about what they would like to sell fresh from the field and plan to provide for them. Check out farmers markets in your area. Start a petting zoo or a birthday party pony ride/picnic farm complete with little red barn for barn dances or picnics inside if the weather is bad. Custom cookouts or pig roasts could be another income producer. Growing specialty seasonal crops such as gourds, punkins, indian corn or popcorn will extend your season and your market, and is not incompatible with setting up that little barn as a place which also sells preserves, canned fruits, crafts, or other items on comission. Your imagination is pretty much the limit. Make sure you clear with local authorities first and get the proper registrations, inspections, fees, etc taken care of. keep us posted on what you decide to do!
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well you might consider black berries , a friend of mine has several acres, they sold 500 gallons at 6 bucks a gallon and sold out before i could get some,the birds got mine. they have fruit trees i know they made money on, theres a strawberry patch near me thats upick and its very popular. i think 3 bucks a quart last year was u pick. birds did not get mine lol. it takes a few years to get that going is the negitives of all that
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My father attended a lecture a few years ago given by some guy from the state who was supposed to give near retirees ideas for income after they did retire. One of the ideas was putting in ponds and raising fish. You can charge people to fish or harvest yourself and sell to local resturants if there is a demand. An idea Ive had for a long time is to put in a very nice rifle range that folks pay say 20 dollars a year to use. I know that the small range outside the city I grew up in serviced a town of 12000. With places to shoot getting harder and harder to find I would think that at least a 100 people would join if you are within five or even ten miles of a small town.
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Bees - producing over 60 pounds of honey or more every year per hive
Pick your own - bramble berries or highbush blue berries take very little work,
strawberries are quicker, but take a bit more work
mini orchards - farm stand or pick your own peaches, apples, nuts, cherries etc.,
though it takes a few years
lease/community gardens - make lots available for people without the room to grow. you
can make the rules, it's your space.
Farm stand - crops that take room like melons or pumpkins, have your own stand.
Corn Maize - sell stuff on the month where corn maizes are popular and make a maize of your own.
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Is the way to do it to sell direct to the consumer on the spot? Or farmers market? Or a cheap but steady supplier?
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An idea Ive had for a long time is to put in a very nice rifle range that folks pay say 20 dollars a year to use. I know that the small range outside the city I grew up in serviced a town of 12000. With places to shoot getting harder and harder to find I would think that at least a 100 people would join if you are within five or even ten miles of a small town.
I've thought about that too. Most rifle ranges are only 200 yards at the most, I had thought about a premium priced high power 600 yard range.

But, the numbers you speak of are only $2,000 a year in revenue, minus a whole lot of liability and hassle, just not efficient use of the land if we're talking about these kinds of numbers. I'm interested in much higher yields. Even though it would be a second part time job, I would like the farm to at least pay for itself. My goal is trying to make at least $15,000 a year with as little work as possible since it's a second job. Actually third. If this was a full time job it would be different.
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Anybody know if ginseng is feasible?
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Another idea, which is something I've dabbled in is growing shrubs/trees or anything else from seed or cuttings in containers. I've even been seen in the road ditch digging up select plants to pot! Ha! Give'em some good dirt, water, fertilizer and time, and you can make some money with little space and effort. Just another idea
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You can plant U-pick fields if you're near small city. Advertise in the local shopper when your fields are ready for picking. Pole Beans, maters, squash all go. If you plant corn you'll probably want to pick it and sell it from a stand though, people screw up too many ears trying to find the perfect one if you U-pick it. U-pick fields turn a pretty good profit as most of the cost of veggies is the harvest.
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I know a number of folks who farm selection of veggies and market in Farmers Markets.
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Farming as a side job is not an easy thing to do.
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Some methods of farming do require outside sources of income to keep them going.

However there are other methods of farming that are self-supporting.
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